Forty years ago today- what turned out to be Elvis Presley’s final album of material during his lifetime “Moody Blue” was released. It was a hodgepodge of songs. They didn’t have enough material for an album so three of the ten songs were recorded at an Elvis concert in Ann Arbor, Michigan in April of 1977, one song was from an earlier live album and the remaining six were recorded at Graceland.
There were 2 singles from the album, Moody Blue which had been released as a single back in December 1976 and peaked at #31 on the Billboard Top 100 chart and “Way Down” which had been put out in early summer and wasn’t doing much action until The King died- then it soured up to peak at #18. The album had entered the Top 40 on the album charts at the time of Presley’s death and ended up peaking at #3. The album received lukewarm 2 and 3 star reviews.
On August 16, 1977 less than a month after Moody Blue’s came out- the news broke that Elvis Presley had died at Graceland at the age of 42. When Elvis’s manager Col. Thomas Parker was asked what he would do now that Elvis was dead, his reply was “Manage Elvis.” and that he did. In death Elvis has become even bigger than he was during his life if that is possible. The boy could sing, I will give him that.